He Revved Up Renault. Will Nissan Be Next?

How Carlos Ghosn plans to revive Japan's ailing carmaker

Renault Executive Vice-President Carlos Ghosn still recalls the thrill of test-driving a Nissan twin-turbo 300ZX back in 1989, when he ran Michelin North America. "For $32,000, they had a real racing horse. It created a terrific impression on the market," says Ghosn. A decade later, the Brazilian-born manager is packing his bags for Japan to become chief operating officer of a badly ailing Nissan.

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